Ugadi 2013 or Yugadi date in 2013
Ugadi 2013 marks the beginning of vijaya nama samvatsara in Hindu Panchangam. Ugadi 2013 date is
11th April, Thursday. Ugadi or Yugadi means the beginning of an era. In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the festival of Ugadi heralds the start of a New Year.
Significance of ugadi
Ugadi is believed to be the day when Brahma - the Creator, in the Hindu Trinity - formed the universe. During Ramayana period, the New Year was being celebrated on the first day of Uttharayana. So, Chaitra was the 12th month. Varahamihira, a saint who lived in sixth century, started a new method of celebrating New Year on Chaitra Shuddha Prathipade. Ugadi marks the beginning of a new Hindu lunar calendar with a change in the moon's orbit. It is a day when mantras are chanted and predictions made for the New Year.
What are the rituals and customs of Ugadi festival?
Ganapati Puja, Lakshmi Narayana Puja, Uma Maheshwara Puja, Vani Hiranyagarbha Puja, Shachi Indra Puja, Arundathi Vasishta Puja, etc are also performed on Ugadi for happiness and prosperity
Ugadi is specially associated with what is called Ugadi pachadi in Telugu. Which is a combination of ingredients having 6 different tastes or flavors used in cookery commonly known as Shadruchulu, producing a delightful concoction of different tastes? It is a mixture which is prepared with: (1) Tender flowers of fresh white neem (2) Sugar/jaggery or small pieces of sugarcane or cane juice. (3) Small pieces of tender raw mangoes.(4) Fresh tamarind juice.(5) Pieces of fresh green chilies and(6) a pinch of salt. This admixture of sweet and bitter symbolizes life itself. It has its ups and down, joys and sorrows, pleasures and pains, all of which need to be accepted with equanimity.
ugadi Panchanga Shravanam
On this day evening Panchanga Sharavanam is done. Panchanga Shravanam means hearing astrology predictions of the year by the Brahmins.
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